Open Letter/Invitation to Pastoral Leaders of the Valley Body of Christ:
Blessed Christ-mas to you all!! Each of you is so appreciated, valued and important to what our Lord wants to do in our Valley! We’re praying you are affirmed in this by our Lord and his people during this season!
Of course this Advent is mixed with sorrow by the recent passing of our dear respected brother Bill Lenz. He, his family and Christ the Rock won’t be far from our thoughts and prayers throughout!
Bill’s death was unexpected and a shock to us all. It leaves a deep wound in the Valley that will require much prayer and support for our brothers and sisters at Christ the Rock. However, we know that whatever the evil one means for evil, our Lord always turns toward His greater good as we trust and wait upon Him. We don’t mourn as those who have no hope (I Thess. 4:13).
Believing this to be true, we’re asking all of us on the FCEMF mailing list- especially all our Senior Pastoral Leadership- to prioritize attending our next monthly meeting on January 2, from 11:30-12:45 at Grace Christian Fellowship (340 E. Lindbergh St. Appleton). The reason would be to dialogue and pray around a single question that we ask all of us to place before the Holy Spirit during this Advent Season:
Lord, in light of the tragedy of Bill’s death, what do you sense God is saying to us?
At our last meeting several of us mentioned how stunned we were at the news, and we shared how vulnerable we all feel. We joined together at Bill’s funeral on Sunday, celebrated his life and responded to the call to stand together for Jesus. What will this look like in the months and years to come? We believe if we all come together having each prayerfully presented this question to Jesus and listening and anticipating His answer, we’ll have some significant things to talk about and pray over on January 2nd!
Will you join us?
Please RSVP to Becky Deuel if you would like to attend.
Paul Cameron, 2018 FCEMF President
Steve Nickel, Senior Pastor Representative